FORT- is a Latin base words that means “strong”. From this, english words are derived such as fort, forte, comfort, fortify. What passes for “comforting” today really amounts to appeasing, placating, pacifying, and soothing weaknesses. Thus swaddling another to make them “feel good”.
But, to comfort is “to strengthen”, which implies–by the very nature of the word–the elimination of what is weak. To strengthen is to infuse power and higher energy. We suffer primarily due to our wrong concepts of life and our distorted ideas and interpretations of experiences. These notions hover above us like a specter and oppresses us with sorrow. Only the right concept will help us break the clouds, “connect to higher power” and thus be “strengthened” through the upward nexus to greater energy from above.
So he who wishes to “comfort” another aright must be clear on two fronts: 1) the root misconception that oppresses a person and robs them of peace; and 2) the right concept that will give the person access and connection to higher power to “strengthen” and thus “comFORT” them.
Only from this clarified base can we add the extra layers of finding tactful ways and gentle approaches that it make easier for them to move from one step to the next in gentle guidance. All this assuming they are open and willing. But in society today, what passes for “comforting” is really just lulling our fellowman to sleep, appeasing their weaknesses, notions of victimhood, swaddling misconceptions, and reinforcing wrong attitudes. This is not strengthening but weakening.
Comforting necessitates knowledge about ways to properly “strengthen”, i.e. objective knowledge of Truth and how it is applied in the crucible of daily life. Thus, only a few among humans today are really able to “comfort” aright. Most are charlatans, while others are well-intentioned but misguided. The call to comfort is a call to know Divine Truth of how to “strengthen”.
When you contemplate this concept with the root Latin word, suddenly the following biblical passage appears in a completely different light:
John 14:26: King James Version (KJV)
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
~Ikenna Q Ezealah